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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1997

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle conditioned.
Brewed on 18th May and 22nd July 1997 this is the first in the portfolio of Vintage Ales. Dark in appearance, the taste is almost brandy like with a hint of fruitiness in the aroma.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Vertical tasting -97, -00, 02 and -03 with official representatives from the brewery. 3rd one ever held by Fullerís
Last two bottles from the Fullerís cellar! A strong impact beer. Hits you where you want it to... Brandy or madeira? Discussions are ongoing. Plenty of dark fruits with raisins dominatiing. So complex I almost need to attach the Oxford dictionary to this rating. If you find this beer anywhere, donít hesitate to pay whatever youíre asked. Gimme more, please! Oh, last two bottles... D@mn!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2004
I'm sure that I haven't done anything to be noted here for my intelligence and now to add to it all I have to say that I could have put more of these away rather than having had most of them when they came off the shelf. I suppose there was a slight reason - One, that I liked it despite being able to tell that it could easily improve with age, and the other was simply the price - I spent money that I really didn't have at he time and wanted immediate satisfaction. Now I'm paying for it in another way by seeing how this has improved. Yes, all the comments about plums, dates, figs ... there's just so much there. Damn!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2500) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle No. 25144: Nice creamcolored medium head, leaving brussels laces on the glass. Light red color, hazy. Raisons nose also malt figs and dates - kind of ppery too. Malt and raisons taste, not as intens as in the 1998 vintage. Doesn't scatch but isn't smooth either. Kind of weak taste, not the same Strong Ale/Barley Wine character as in the 1998, 1999 an 2000 vintage, which suprised me a bit as this bottle is with 7 years well aged.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pivo (2592) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2004
Sampled in 2004: Huge nose of sweet dark fruits, and a little clay and earthy aromas. Hazy red-brown color and a big spongy head. Barleywine-like flavors and dark fruits (figs). Alcohol a go-go - comes across like a brandy at times. Powerful hop punch that lingers in the lower insdie of the mouth. A sugary sweetness is also deposited on the lips. Fat and chewy body. Great balance.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
Amber-brown colour with large beige head and nice lace. Extremely malty, fruits and vegetables (an entire kitchen garden!), treacle, alcohol. Full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Bottle #59880 - Sampled 24 Jan 2004.
Beautiful tan creamy head on a cloudy orange/amber body. Fruity aroma with notes of malt, wood and olives. Flavor is very tense and heavy, almost like desert wine. Notes of malt, fruit, wood, olives etc. Fine bitter finish. Very soft and creamy. Interesting but a little too heavy for me!!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10459) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2004
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Thin beige head, that a kept through the whole glass. Fruity and sweet aroma. Plums, raisins and some prune notes. Quite spicy and gives me some associations to portwine. Very alcaholic flavour. Has loads of fruitsweetness, but it somehow disappoints me. Very harsh bitterness in the end and a somewhat stale aftertaste. Think this is over the top and declining.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9810) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004 - red-brown colour, few foam, very complex aroma of roasted malts, raisins, strawberry, alcohol and wood, light oily, sweet with a strong bitterness, powerfull and dry finish with notes of prune and alcohol - complex and very robust. Thanks to Ungstrup for this bottle and to fiulijn for sharing it with me !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004, 6 ys old
Amber color. Very strong malt and caramel aroma and flavor. Sweeter than younger examples (1999 and 2000, 3 years old), less complex and fruity, but still a giant beer. Thanks a lot Jens (Ungstrup), for this rare bottle!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1724) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
I bought this bottle in early 1998 and opened it on 1/10/04. It is a beautiful amber color. The aroma is a hops and caramel. The taste is sweet, with hints of hops, fruit, and alcohol. Worth trying, if you you can still find it.


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